Carmen Rey was born in 1971 in Mataró, Barcelona. Her professional career as Chemist and related to Computer Science, was always far from the arts, until 2014, when she found her passion in painting, particularly in figurative realism, and began her training. Since then she has made portrait comissions and has exhibited in national and international exhibitions and competitions.
I strive to achieve an emotional representation of the figure, through realistic or imaginative details. Trying to capture the real nature of a person is what propels my art.
She does not approach every work in the same technique, which is always evolving. For certain paintings, there is a planned route towards an expected result, mostly in oil paintings. However, more recently, she lets the work itself guide her through an intuitive mixed media layering technique, then the final painting is something more personal, and more interesting for the observer as well.
Carme Rey brief biography
With a degree in Chemistry, she has always worked in the pharmaceutical and computer systems’ areas.
Her artistic education starts at 2014 with the artist José Mª Caamaño in Mataró, and at 2015 with Kaoru Hirose in Barcelona, with whom she gets her Certification of the program of Sumi-e Japanese Painting in 2018, and starts the advanced program.
She attends since 2017 intensive workshops about oil portrait, cityscape, illustration, etc., with Joshua LaRock, Jacob Dhein, Jafet Blanch, Irene Cuadrado, Ismael Fuentes, Adrià Llarch, Felipe Alonso and Paco Lafarga; and at MEAM, Modern Art European Museum, she assists to live drawing and painting figure courses, as part of the Painter’s Career program.
In addition to collaborating annually since 2016 in the group exhibitions in special formats of the Association Sant Lluc de Mataró, such as “15×15”, “Bookmarks”, or in the “Open Museum” of shop windows of the city, she has participated at the following events and publications:
2020 – Tercer Premio del concurso diario online “Inspiración en confinamiento – Soñadores” de New York Art Competitions de Agora Gallery en Nueva York, 2020.
2020 – Online Group Exhibition “Sant Jordi 2020” at the Gallery La Destil·leria de Mataró.
2020 – Front cover and four pages in the Nr 18 of Spotlight Art Magazine, of Circle Arts.
2020 – Artwork selected as part of the FAV15% (jury’s favorite 15% of the entries) in the February 2020 BoldBrush Painting competition.
2020 – Work selected and awarded with the medal of the edition, during the XXI International Painting Exhibition at the EsArt Gallery in Barcelona.
2019 – Honorable Mention award in the Circle Foundation’s – Artist of the Year Award 2019 Contest.
2019 – Published in Issue 17 of Spotlight Magazine, of Circle Arts.
2019 – Finalist and Honorable Mention award in the Circle Foundation’s – Art Expo New York Contest.
2019 – Selected for the Online Exhibition “A quite place”, curated by Myrina Tunberg from Circle Foundation for the Arts.
2019 – Selected at the XXXIII Sanvisens Contest of Painting of Sitges.
2019 – Selected at the annual group exhibition Sant Lluc in Mataró.
2019 – Selected at the 8th Painting Contest Humet-Saula in Calella.
2019 – Selected in the XXIII Painting Contest Indalecio Hernández.
2019 – Finalist in the Artkeys Internation Art Contest in Agropoli, Italy.
2019 – Three landscapes selected in the exhibition Art without Borders, in Plasencia.
2019 – Two portraits included in the book “La magie du 1er degré de Reiki” by the French author Christine Lamour.
2019 – Three works selected for exhibition at the XII Meeting of Realistic Painters and Sculptors, in Torrijos.
2019 – Exhibition Sumi-e: Ink Japanese Painting, at Centre Cívic Sarrià in Barcelona.
2018 – Finalist in Online contests Art Fusion Women Artists, and at the Portraits 2018 Online Contest by Gallery 25N.
2018 – Collaboration in Expo Dona 2018 at Premiá, for the International Women’s Day.
2018 – Two artworks selected for exhibition at the IX Group Exhibition of Realistic Painters and Sculptors, in Aranjuez.
2018 – Article at the 1340ART International Art Magazine blog.
2018 – Published in the art book “Leonardo Guide 2018”.
2018 – Two artworks selected at the X Group Exhibition of Realistic Painters and Sculptors, in La Celestina Museum, in Puebla de Montalbán, Toledo
2018 – Two artworks selected at the XI Exhibition of Painters and Sculptors, in The Auditorium of Leon.
2018 – Selected in the Ibero-American art fair.
2018 – Selected at the annual group exhibition Sant Lluc, in Mataró.
2018 – Selected at the 7th Paintnig Contest Humet-Saula in Calella.
2018 – Two artworks exhibited at the Parallax Art Fair in Chelsea Old Town Hall, London.
2018 – Selected at the XXXII Sanvisens Contest of Painting of Sitges.
2017 – Selected at the Sant Lluc Collective Exhibition.
2017 – Finalist in the Online contests Art Fusion 3rd Annual Figures & Faces Art Exhibition and Honorable mention award at the Online contest Art Fusion Seasons.
2017 – Group “Exhibition of Japanese Art”.
2017 – Selected at the XXXI Painting Contest Sanvisens of Sitges.
2016 – Group Exhibition Sant Pere at Can Tenas.
2016 – Selected at the Sant Lluc Collective Exhibition.
2016 – Sumi-e Group Exhibition at Taller d’Art, Barcelona.